Combined Degree Programs

The Department of Economics offers several options for students interested in earning a combined BS/MA degree. The programs are selective and target outstanding GW undergraduates. The combined degree program provides students a challenging curriculum substituting 12 graduate-level credits for upper-division undergraduate courses. Students interested in combined degree programs should consult the undergraduate economics advisor by the end of the second semester of the sophomore year.


BS Economics/MA Economics

The BS/MA in economics may be appropriate for students who are entering the job market and would like additional training. It is also a means for students to better prepare themselves for a PhD degree program in economics; it should be noted, however, getting a Master’s degree first is not necessary for applying to a PhD program. 

The BS/MA allows students to save some credit hour costs, relative to getting separate degrees. To take full advantage of the program, it is very important interested students talk to their undergraduate advisor as soon as possible (no later than the end of their sophomore year) and they plan on taking Math 1231 (Single Variable Calculus I)-1232 (Single Variable Calculus II)-2233 (Multi-Variable Calculus), Stat 1111-2112 (Business and Economic Stat I & II), and Econ 2123 (Introduction to Econometrics) before their senior year.

All requirements listed are under the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in economics. It is desirable that students complete Math 1231 and 1232 (or an equivalent sequence), Stat 1111 and 2112 (or an equivalent sequence), and Econ 2101 and 2102 by the end of their fifth semester. During their sixth semester, students should begin the process of applying to the MA program. 


BA/BS Economics/Master of Public Policy

The BA or BS/MPP degree program would be appropriate for students seeking public policy training. This program allows students to save some credit hour costs, relative to getting separate degrees. To take full advantage of the program, it is very important interested students talk to their undergraduate advisor and the director of the MPP program as soon as possible (no later than the end of their sophomore year).

Students who have maintained a satisfactory academic record may apply for admission to the MPP program during their junior year. It will be necessary for students to conform to the established requirements for completing an application, including completion of the GRE. Upon admission, students are granted 12 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only 28 credit hours to complete the MPP degree.